Abstract: Six case histories of second language acquirers were examined to attempt to determine what factors play a role in developing a long-term pleasure reading habit in a second language (English). The cases provided support for several hypotheses: Long-term readers are first stimulated to read through a pleasant reading experience, they have access to books and time and a place (or places) to read, they select their own reading material, feel free to stay with certain authors and genres if they want to, and do not profit from tests, workbook exercises and incentives. If these hypotheses are confirmed in future studies, we can conclude that school does not provide the conditions that help develop long-term pleasure reading.
Cho, K.S. and Krashen, S. 2015. What does it take to develop a long-term pleasure reading habit? Turkish Online Journal of English Language Teaching. 1(1): 1-9.http://www.tojelt.com
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